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Rules for Listings – Overview

To promote a safe, fair and enjoyable trading experience, eBay has established a set of rules and policies for item listings. These restrictions involve how certain items are described, and practices that would provide an unfair advantage or result in a negative buyer experience.

Learning about eBay's listing policies before you list an item will help you to avoid unintentionally breaking rules.

Violations of these policies may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation

  • Limits on account privileges

  • Account suspension

  • Forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings

  • Loss of PowerSeller status.

When policy violations occur, eBay emails the seller, as well as bidders, that a listing has been ended.

In addition to the Rules for Listings, you should also review the rules for Prohibited and Restricted Items and the Protection of Intellectual Property to check if your type of item is allowed or has additional restrictions that would affect your item listing.

The following are the Rules for Listing with links to the specific policy pages that have examples, any exceptions, and a link that you can use to report a violation of that policy.

Listings must not misrepresent items.

Except as noted in the specific policy as exceptions, sellers cannot:

Listings cannot use techniques to avoid or circumvent eBay fees.
Except as noted in the specific policy as exceptions, sellers cannot:

Listings must promote a fair and level playing field, and provide an enjoyable and safe experience for buyers.
Except as noted in the specific policy as exceptions, sellers cannot:

Listings that involve the following situations or types of item, must conform to limitations specified in the policy:

To learn more, you can take the tutorials on Fee Circumvention and Search and Browse Manipulation.

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